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Toothaches can be of many types, from dull and constant to sharp and throbbing. Many people complain about toothache while eating or before going to bed, but tooth pain can happen at any time, any place. The best way to know the cause of your toothache is to visit your dentist.

Here are the 4 most common types of toothaches: 

  1. Sharp Pain

In almost every situation, sharp or stinging pain may require you to visit a dentist. Usually, this type of toothache is an indication that a crown has fallen off or a filling is loose. In the absence of a filling or crown, the pain could be due to decay, fracture, or wear.

  1. Dull, Persistent Ache

This is the most prevailing type of toothache. Though it can seem scary, the cause can be something as simple as having food stuck in your teeth. This type of tooth pain may happen because of:

  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Something stuck in your gums
  • Something lodged between your teeth
  • An abscessed tooth
  1. Sensitivity to Hot and Cold

Dental sensitivity is very common, but in some situations, it can be a serious issue. Notice what triggers the toothache and how long the pain lasts. If the pain is brief and minor, you may have worn out enamel. Use toothpaste for sensitive teeth and avoid extremely hot or cold foods for a week to see if the issue recedes.

  1. Severe, Throbbing Pain

Anytime a toothache is distracting or unbearable, you should contact an emergency dentist immediately. If your dentist doesn’t think the problem needs urgent attention, he or she may schedule an appointment for another day and give you instructions on how to deal with the pain till your visit.

No matter the cause of your tooth pain, our dentists at Smiles4Ever Family Dentistry, are confident that they can find the issues and treat them effectively.

To speak with one of our dental team members, call 281-213-5668.